Report: South Carolina assistant Bryan McClendon leaving for NFL
The staff exits continue at South Carolina.
According to Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia, Gamecocks wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon is leaving to join the Pittsburgh Steelers staff. It’s hard to fault McClendon for looking for other jobs as he was demoted from his position as offensive coordinator after the 2019 season. Head coach Will Muschamp kept McClendon on staff as wide receivers coach, a position he has held since 2016. Former Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo is South Carolina’s new offensive coordinator.
McClendon played wide receiver at Georgia from 2002-05. After a brief stint with the Chicago Bears, McClendon ended his playing career and got into coaching. In 2007, McClendon started as a graduate assistant at his alma mater on Mark Richt’s staff. McClendon was promoted to running backs coach in 2009 and added the recruiting coordinator title in 2014. For the 2015 season, his last at Georgia, McClendon moved to wide receivers coach and also promoted to assistant head coach. McClendon was UGA’s interim head coach for the Bulldogs’ TaxSlayer Bowl win over Penn State after Richt’s departure.
McClendon is the third post-Signing Day departure from Muschamp’s Gamecocks staff. Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. left for Penn State and running backs coach Thomas Brown left for a position with the Los Angeles Rams.